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“Your Lunch Won’t Cost Me $500”: Boss Demands Employee Answer Phone While She’s Eating
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“Your Lunch Won’t Cost Me $500”: Boss Demands Employee Answer Phone While She’s Eating

We all go to work every day to, you know, work. But there are plenty of moments during the day when we should be allowed to get up, stretch our legs, take a walk for a few minutes to clear our heads and get some fresh air, make some coffee, and oh yes: eat lunch. No matter where you are working or who you are working for, you are entitled to eat during your shift, assuming it’s more than a few hours long. Aside from the fact that eating is a basic human need and employers should not be subjecting their workers to inhumane conditions, a healthy, happy and not hangry employee is going to yield the most productivity. 

Unfortunately, however, one woman recently learned  that her boss did not understand the value of lunch breaks whatsoever, so she decided that working for him was just not going to be worth it. Below, you can hear the full story of how Irian, or Irian28 on TikTok, recently quit her job, as well as read some of the replies from viewers who were left fuming. We would love to hear your thoughts on this unreasonable employer, so feel free to join in on the conversation in the comments. Then if you’re interested in reading another Bored Panda article featuring lunch time drama at work, be sure to check out this story next. 

One woman recently learned that her boss did not value lunch breaks, so she decided that her job was not very valuable either

Image credits: irian28

Image credits: irian28

You can hear Irian tell the first half of the story right here

@irian28 i will not stand for any toxic work environments not now or ever #fyp #awareness #toxic #toxicworkplace ♬ Blade Runner 2049 – Synthwave Goose

Image credits: irian28

Here you can see Irian’s follow-up video explaining the second half of her story

@irian28 i will not stand for any toxic work environments not now or ever #fyp #awareness #toxic #toxicworkplace ♬ Blade Runner 2049 – Synthwave Goose

She also shared an encouraging video for anyone going through a similar situation

@irian28 It’s okay to not be okay, just keep pushing through #fyp #motivation #selflove #healing #foodforthought ♬ Fallen down – Slowed – 「Incørrect」

Irian later explained that her boss’ daughter ended up reaching out after she had quit

@irian28 Replying to @tjsdulcevida we are not putting up with any toxic environments ever #fyp #toxicworkenvironment #selflove #healing #boundaries ♬ Blade Runner 2049 – Synthwave Goose

Technically speaking, in the United States, federal law does not require that employers provide lunch or coffee breaks. However, in most states, there are rules in place requiring that employees take a lunch break, typically after between 4-5 hours of a shift. While Irian might be working in a state that does not have specific legislation around meal times when working, I would guess that she probably signed some form of contract stating that she would have a lunch break during every shift. Expecting people to work for 8 hours at a time without a gap for a meal is inhumane, and I don’t know many people who would agree to those conditions. 

Irian also made it sound like this was never an issue when she worked with her boss’ daughter. Clearly, there was a precedent in place that she would receive a lunch break every day, and when she was not on her lunch, she would be answering phones and assisting clients. There must be a mutual understanding between bosses and employees that if the employer respects their workers’ breaks, the employees will also respect the time they are on the clock and focus on the tasks at hand.

Regardless of what the law mandates, Irian deserves to eat during the day. It should go without saying that all employees are entitled to breaks, but apparently this boss did not understand that workers will no longer stand for unfair treatment. I’m glad that Irian knew her worth and did not decide to stay in a toxic work environment, but it is frustrating to hear about yet another employer who thought he could simply take advantage of his workers. We would love to hear your thoughts on this situation down below. Have you ever had a boss who denied you lunch breaks? Feel free to share how you handled the situation, or if you too decided to quit and find an employer who actually values you as a person. 

Many passionate viewers expressed their frustration for the employer and their support for Irian in the comments

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IguanaStampede
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How many times can a person use the word "like" in a story?

Xenon
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Like, I don't know. Maybe like around 100?😆

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ERIKA H.
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

FYI, to anyone in California - what happened here is illegal. If you're interrupted to work during your lunch, you legally get to restart your lunch all over again. This restart does not have extra time taken out of your paycheck (e. If you're 15 minutes into your 30 minute lunch and are interrupted to work, you can restart your 30 minutes - your employer cannot take that extra time out of your paycheck). You can also restart as many times as you are interrupted. If are not able to restart your lunch, for whatever reason, or cannoy take a lunch at all, your employer must pay you 1 hour of overtime (even if your lunch was only going to be 30 minutes). Know your rights! Source: live in CA, and am a manager who trained on HR law by my company (who were smart to do this because they want to make sure I wouldn't be a bad manager who'd get them sued for unknowingly breaking labor laws).

Joseph Dear
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's illegal under federal law too, though for different reasons. If they are off the clock, they are not to be doing any work. You don't have to give an unpaid lunch break (under federal law), but if you do, then like in California, it has to be a true break from work (including answering phones).

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kate h
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2 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Terrible storyteller. I couldn't even finish it.

ADumpsterFire
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She sounds like literally everybody her age.

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IguanaStampede
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How many times can a person use the word "like" in a story?

Xenon
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Like, I don't know. Maybe like around 100?😆

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ERIKA H.
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

FYI, to anyone in California - what happened here is illegal. If you're interrupted to work during your lunch, you legally get to restart your lunch all over again. This restart does not have extra time taken out of your paycheck (e. If you're 15 minutes into your 30 minute lunch and are interrupted to work, you can restart your 30 minutes - your employer cannot take that extra time out of your paycheck). You can also restart as many times as you are interrupted. If are not able to restart your lunch, for whatever reason, or cannoy take a lunch at all, your employer must pay you 1 hour of overtime (even if your lunch was only going to be 30 minutes). Know your rights! Source: live in CA, and am a manager who trained on HR law by my company (who were smart to do this because they want to make sure I wouldn't be a bad manager who'd get them sued for unknowingly breaking labor laws).

Joseph Dear
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's illegal under federal law too, though for different reasons. If they are off the clock, they are not to be doing any work. You don't have to give an unpaid lunch break (under federal law), but if you do, then like in California, it has to be a true break from work (including answering phones).

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kate h
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2 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Terrible storyteller. I couldn't even finish it.

ADumpsterFire
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She sounds like literally everybody her age.

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